November 3, 2016
At workplaces and universities across the country, preventing sexual assault has become a key focus for executives and leadership as they strive to meet their duty of care obligation.
According to a recent report by Vox, the number of reported rapes and sexual assaults in the United States varies greatly with some figures putting the number as high as 1.9 million per year and others as low as 90,185. Studies also indicate that only about one-third of sexual assaults and rapes are actually reported.
By averaging the reports and including estimates on the number of crimes that go unreported, Vox estimates nearly 627,700 victims are sexually assaulted every year.
These statistics are sobering, but there are action steps businesses can take to help victims and prevent incidents like this from happening.
Using LiveSafe’s crowdsourced intelligence gathering platform, users can anonymously report a variety of issues, including sexual assault, directly to their company’s security department.
Last year, a female student at USC was reportedly assaulted by an Uber driver. Using the LiveSafe app, she was able to notify campus security immediately and shortly thereafter, the man was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery.
LiveSafe allows users to report incidents and threats via two-way communication with security teams. Users can send text, photos, videos and audio embedded with precise location information.
All tips are received by security teams through LiveSafe’s turnkey, easy-to-use platform that monitors inbound tips in real-time.